Wine Region: Saint-Julien, France

Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit verdot, Cabernet franc

Tasting Notes

The wine exhibited a youthful color, as well as attractive, sweet, cherry and black-currant notes in its nose intermingled with a touch of earth and spice. The 1989 does not possess the body, weight, and richness of the 1990, coming across as more of a mid-weight, leaner style of wine. It is more austere, and the tough tannin that has been a worrisome component since its birth is still present. This wine could turn around and come close to being an outstanding example

About the Winery

Originally, the vineyards of Léoville Poyferré were one with those that today constitute the vineyards of Léoville Las Cases and Léoville Barton. The original domain was created by the parliamentarian Jean de Moytié in 1638. The wine is already well known, appreciated ?? and dear in the eighteenth century, thanks to the efforts of its owner since 1740, Blaise-Alexandre de Gasq, Lord of Léoville. Four of his heirs shared the estate during the Revolution. One of them, the Marquis de Las Cases, owner of a quarter of the lands, having fled abroad, the three others obtained from the Revolutionary State a partial confiscation of the field, bearing specifying on this quarter. This parcel will eventually become Léoville Barton. When sharing the remaining plots, which occurred in 1840, Jeanne de Poyferré, the marquis' granddaughter, inherited the current estate, which will take the name Château de Léoville Poyferré. The classification of Médoc wines comes shortly after, in 1855. The original property being divided into three farms, each is awarded the rank of Second Grand Cru Classé. Repeated several times, Léoville Poyferré died in 1920 to a family from the north, now represented by Didier Cuvelier.

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